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The Lombard Police Department will once again participate in Illinois’ Distracted Driving Week, cracking down on distracted drivers, April 23 – 27, 2018.
Each day, 10 people are killed in distracted driving crashes - contributing to the 37,000 people killed in crashes on U.S. roadways during 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
“No distraction- whether texting or talking on the phone - is ever worth the loss of life on the roadway,” said Lombard Police Lt. Joe Grage. “These senseless deaths can easily be prevented if drivers simply choose to focus on the core task of driving when behind the wheel. We aim to do our part to help keep Lombard’s roads safer.”
The second annual Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week is a coordinated effort between the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP), AAA, The Illinois State Police, The Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois High School High School and College Driver Education Association (IHSCDEA) and nearly 300 local law enforcement throughout Illinois to educate motorists about the dangers of driving while distracted and enforcing the laws on Illinois’ roadways.
In addition to traffic enforcement the Lombard Police Department will be sharing safety tips and information with residents, including:
Contrary to what some drivers may think, hands-free, handheld and in-vehicle technologies are not distraction-free, even if a driver’s eyes are on the road and their hands are on the wheel. The latest AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety research found that:
Violating Illinois’s distracted driving laws can be costly. Know before you go. In Illinois:
For more information on Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week visit www.iddaw.org.